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Our week dedicated to new Collective members is just getting going! Today, we’re delighted to introduce to you Justin DeMutiis Photography, who is a Florida based photographer that we love SO much. His work is gorgeous…check out his vendor page!

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Just wait until you check out the images from Hanna and Corrie’s Stolkholm wedding. First off, have you ever seen a sweeter groom? I had to share with you his reaction as his bride walked down the aisle…and a snapshot from their speeches! Hanna and Corrie are both models, so their seaside affair, while simple and understated, includes some fabulous pops of color that are reminiscent of Sex in the City (ahem…did you see those bridesmaid dresses together?).

Very very very special thanks to Two Brides Photography for sharing such beautiful work with us!

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Hair Stylist: PizofCake // Dress Store: Stockholm Brud och Fest // Dress Designer: La Sposa // Ceremony Location: Hogalidskyrkan // Makeup Artist: Gabriella Elio // Event Venue: M/S Borgila // Etsy Designer: PhotoJule (cufflinks), MissPropShop (napkin tissue pompoms)

Happy Monday!

First off, I must tell you that I’m blogging to you from the hospital. It’s the best possible reason for being in the hospital: baby arrival! My sister is in labor and by the time you’re reading this, not only will we have welcomed a gorgeous baby, but I’ll also know whether or not I’ve got a new niece or nephew!!!

Today’s post shot by one of our new Grey Collective members, Sarah Layne Photography, is so so so gorgeous and fun! Amy and Derrik planned a destination wedding to Secrets Maroma in Playa del Carmen. I’ve actually had a chance to visit the resort (along with Katie Frederick of Ever After Honeymoon) and I promise the beach really does look that gorgeous!  Sarah has lots of great info to tell us about the wedding. Amy is an artist and has an Etsy shop, so she employed her own crafty skills to make the wedding decor extra personal and stress free once she arrived. I think my favorite part is the reception held on a catamaran!

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Amy and Derrick’s wedding day started out at the Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun Resort where ceremony was held. Since it was a destination wedding, Amy wanted to keep things simple and stress-free but she’s also an artist (Amy makes amazing handmade thing for her Etsy shop, Tangerine Home), so she included a few simple, personal touches that gave the wedding ceremony character. She incorporated several yellow accents into the decor, including darling accordion pinwheel tags she made to attach to the guests’ wedding gift bags and accordion pinwheels to decorate the ceremony aisles. She also chose yellow for the florals, her handmade Etsy jewelry, and for Derrick’s tie in order to create a pop of contrasting color against the blue of the Playa del Carmen ocean and sky.

The ceremony was intimate, beautiful, and sweet, and quite a few guests shed a tear or two. The weather was perfectly sunny and Amy and Derrick could not have wished for a more beautiful backdrop. Amy and Derrick walked down the aisle as a newly married couple to the Beach Boy’s Wouldn’t it Be Nice, another perfect touch. Guests then enjoyed a champagne toast and cake with the couple on the beach.

Always looking with the eye of an artist, Amy picked out a few amazing locations beforehand for her and Derrick’s bride and groom portraits. The first stop was a beached boat, which incorporated the yellow color from her ceremony accents and the blue of the ocean and sky. Down the beach a bit was another location Amy specially selected, which was an abandoned hacienda. Amy looked so beautiful on her wedding day, and the rough texture of the gray concrete of the hacienda contrasted nicely with her just-married-glow.

For Amy and Derrick’s reception, they chartered a private catamaran boat through Paradise Catamarans that took them and all of their guests out to a reef to relax and do some snorkeling. It was a non-traditional, incredibly fun way to spend the wedding day. Alex from Paradise Catamarans and his crew offered Amy, Derrick, and their guests incredible, personable service. Amy and Derrick’s choice of reception allowed their guest to relax, be entertained, and enjoy the natural beauty of Playa del Carmen at its best. It was everything a destination wedding should be.

Rad vendors for this wedding include: Photography: Sarah Layne Photography, Ceremony Location: Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun,  Ceremony Decorations: Amy for Tangerine Home, Floral Design and Cake: Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Bride’s Hair: Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Reception Location and Catering: Paradise Catamarans.
P.S. Hi Taylor

Whoa. You guys, I’m about to blow your mind with a crazy creative couple that threw a simple, casual wedding that just overflows with down home family barbecue goodness. Not only that, but this couple created a John Wayne inspired website which, I swear, is one of the funnest things I’ve read/seen in a very long time. So saddle up your mares, check out these fabulous images by James Moes and then, and I really mean this, giddy on up over to their website, Operation John Wayne, for a good ol’ time.

First, a sneak peek of their site. I die.

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Here’s a tiny little tid bit from their website. This is Claire’s bio, which I just couldn’t stop myself from reading:

 Todd’s grandpa Roscoe was always known as “rough and ready”, especially after a few cups of whisky. That conviction was imparted on and always stuck with Todd; with his friends, his dog, and his general approach to things. When he met Claire he had found that spirit in a woman too. Claire’s level head, sturdy frame, and even sturdier demeanor did not go unnoticed as Todd always tries to give her his best run for her money. You can really get to know a girl’s composure when her car blows up in smoke and you have to push it through a military check point in the middle of the desert, and she sits on the hood of the car and still enjoys the sunset. You really get to know a girl’s wherewithal when you watch her get sewed up in a hospital – and she smiles and asks you to take a picture. That Claire was sharper than Todd’s pocket knife, well read, insightful, quick witted, and a brilliant and successful photographer left no room for doubt; this girl was the catch he couldn’t release. Who knew rough and ready could also be smart and beautiful? Roscoe would have certainly raised his glass in approval.

Now on to the wedding (you can see more images of their wedding here and here):

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This all just goes to show that the absolute best weddings are the ones where you allow the celebration to reflect your personalities as a couple, and share that with your guests!

The Smog Shoppe is one of my favorite wedding venues, so when you combine it with great vendors and stunning photography by Kurt Boomer, it’s always a sure fire hit. My favorite surprise element from this wedding are the feather boutonnieres! Such a great idea (and can be a keepsake too!).

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Venue: Smog Shoppe, Caterer: Epicurean Umbrella, Event Planner: Jennyfer Rodgers, Floral Designer: The Mille Fiore, Dress Designer: Soterro and Midgley, Cake Designer: Vanilla Bake Shop, DJ: LaFemme Digital, Makeup Artist: Face the Makeup, Shoes: Stuart Weitzman